Putting On the Armor

 

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Before we start, I think there are some things that you need to know about me.

  •  I’m 22, I’m not in college
  •  I love cats.
  •  I have no answer to that question, “what do you want to do with your life,” because my ‘Plan A’ to become a wife and mom by age 24 ain’t happenin’.
  •  I left my secured job at a pharmacy to participate in Precept’s Summer Intern program. When I came back home, the Lord made it clear He did not want me return to work there. AKA, I don’t currently have a job.
  • (By the way, if you are eligible to apply for the internship, you TOTALLY should…your heart will really never be the same, and I MEAN it. And I’m really exaggerating or being cliché).

 All of this does not quite add up to the world’s perfect formula for a single 22-year-old girl. (Except for the loving cats part. CLEARLY, that’s in every perfect equation.)

 So, as I am back home seeking the Lord’s will for my life and searching for a job, I have plenty of free time. Free time = thinking time.…..And this is where the enemy sneaks in.

 He starts throwing his lies of loneliness and worthlessness into my mind as much as he can. He tries to deceive me into thinking my identity lies in a fading career rather than my everlasting Savior.

 How do we fight these lies? How do we STOP believing them? How do we defeat the temptation to fall into his trap of self-pity?

 WE PUT ON THE ARMOR.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil…Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (Ephesians 6:11, 14-17, NASB).

 One of the schemes of the enemy is distorting truth. He is the father of lies (John 8:44), and we need to be prepared for attack. Paul tells us in Ephesians that by putting on the armor of God we will be able to extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one- his lies. 

 It all comes back to the Word. If we aren’t consistently in the Word, we won’t know the Word. If we don’t know the Word, we won’t truly KNOW our Sovereign God. If we don’t intimately know our God, we can’t put on His armor. If we don’t put on His armor, we wont be able to use the sword of the Spirit to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one! It all points back to spending quality time with our Creator in His Word that He has given us.

 That being said lets come back to that cat-loving 22-year-old, me. The Lord has so graciously strengthened my walk with Him over the course of this summer. Now, He has given me this gift of free time as a time of rest, a blessing of undistracted devotion to Him. This is when the one who is prowling around looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), has come at me hard- to try and take something in my life that the Lord intended for good, and twist it into something detrimental and ugly.

 There have been days where I have failed and fallen into his trap of deception. There have also been days where, not through my own strength, the truth stemming from the sword of the Spirit extinguishes those lies- all because of the armor of God.

 I pray that the Lord uses this to encourage you to remember that you are NEITHER alone nor worthless. The Word reminds us of who we are in Christ Jesus as well as the hope we have in Him. Because the Spirit lives within us, we have the power to hush those lies. I am SO thankful for a God who loves and protects us with HIS armor. How blessed are we to know that the victory is ours? Our inheritance is the KINGDOM of GOD, guys! THAT’S whatsup!

 Transform student Ministries

 Kiersten was a Boot Camper and counselor for many years before she became an intern with Transform Student Ministries. 

 

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One Response

09.20.13

I think you are awesome. I know you are strong and courageous in The Lord.
I also think it is a flat out lie (that young women believe)that in most churches in America getting married and having children in your twenties is the only worthy path. I believe that if prayerfully considered and God blesses a young woman with a family of their own it is an amazing thing. But it’s not the only thing.
I have enjoyed 15 years (since my years enrolled at a Christian College) of quietly listening to God’s Will for me and so far that has not included a husband or children. I have struggled at times but more often I have leaned on the joy of knowing He trusts me with this time of few distractions to focus on Him.
Your very young life can be fuller than you can ever imagine without having what most you g Christians think you should have.
I want to encourage you that being a strong Christian woman can look different to God than what it looks like to you. Sounds like you have what it takes to handle what comes your way. Thanks for your words!

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